26 May 2017 - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN carrying the theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” Since its establishment, ASEAN has evolved into one of the world’s most dynamic regions with accelerated economic performance in recent years.To commemorate the golden celebration of ASEAN@50 this year, MITI as Malaysia’s national coordinator for the economic pillar, will also be organising various programmes and activities.
Today’s seminar on ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (AEC) among many, serves as another platform for MITI to showcase and provide a solid testimonial to Malaysians at large, the benefits as well as opportunities drawn from the ASEAN regional integration.
Welcoming remarks was delivered by YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry. Also present at the seminar were YB Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Deputy Minister (Industry) MITI and representatives from MITI and agencies.
Seminar aims at raising awareness about the opportunities in ASEAN under the AEC. Taking into account limited presence of Malaysian entrepreneurs abroad, the Seminar was exclusively designed to inspire Malaysian entrepreneurs, especially among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), to explore and expand their businesses into the ASEAN market. In this aspect, three identified speakers (Malaysian entrepreneurs based in ASEAN or doing business with ASEAN) were brought to the seminar to share first-hand information as living testimonials to the audience. The three speakers presented their case at length and highlighted their personal experience, particularly on expectations, domestic regulations and in addition, socio-cultural details to observe, gained throughout their years of business involvement in ASEAN.
The speakers were invited based on their successful ventures in ASEAN.
- Speaker 1: Ms. Rina Neoh (based in Singapore, Founding Partner of Mercatus Capital
- Speaker 2: YM Ungku Raad Azeraai (based in Manila), Founding Partner Naah!im Bakery
- Speaker 3: Arvin Menon (based in Selangor), Managing Director, VG Offshore Containers International